Allergy symptoms; such as sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and hives can leave you feeling miserable. The good news is that more and more medications that have been prescribed in the past to treat these allergies can now be purchased without a prescription. Antihistamines, decongestants, mast cell stabilizers, corticosteroids, and anti-leukotrienes are among the medications commonly prescribed by providers for the treatment of allergies. Of these, certain antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal steroid sprays are available over-the-counter.
“The good news is that more and more medications that have been prescribed in the past to treat these allergies can now be purchased without a prescription.”
Over the Counter (OTC) Antihistamines:
Your body releases histamine when you have an allergic reaction. Histamine is what causes allergy symptoms when it binds to receptors on certain cells in your body. Antihistamines work by decreasing the effects of histamine on the cells in your body.
Common OTC Antihistamines:
Over the Counter (OTC) Decongestants:
When your allergy symptoms include nasal congestion, your doctor may recommend a decongestant to constrict your blood vessels and reduce the blood flow to your inflamed nasal or sinus tissues. This may decrease swelling and congestion in those areas. Decongestants should only be used for short periods of time. Discuss usage of decongestants with your provider prior to using these medications.
Over the Counter Allergy (OTC) Nasal Steroid Sprays:
Nasal steroid sprays are often used to treat nasal symptoms caused by allergies. They are helpful in reducing nasal inflammation, nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing.
Common OTC Nasal Steroid Sprays: